Hay, Horses and Tractors June 2008

Found this picture of Claude, our percheron cross and somewhat elderly farm labourer, being pressed into service a few winters ago rolling out a round bail of hay for his mates. Pasture hay is a big part of our winter feeding prgram, and the bulk of the hay is cut from our own land in late spring, early summer and stored for the following winter.
In this scene the boys decided to improvise and set Claude up with a modified pack saddle to act as harness, ran a pair of ropes through a running cinch and attached the other end to a spike pushed through the bale. With Tom on board to drive the “tractor”, Claude took to the task with enthusiasm. Hay was delivered on time and on budget!
For many years we pressed our hay into small square bales, because they are easier to feed out without a tractor. Big job getting the bales into the shed, having to pick them up pretty well behind the baler, load them onto a truck then hand stack the shed, tossing the bales up into the high space in the shed, just under the hot roof. Usually happened around December in hot weather with the threat of a spoiling thunderstorm putting the pressure on.
So we progressed to large round bales a few years ago, and battled on tipping them into a trailer, or whistling up Claude.
We struggled on for years until we accepted that we just had to get a tractor, for the sake of our backs and all the jobs we could get done around the place without using a contractor.
You know the story, looked far and wide with no luck until we heard about a Ford just down the road in Mytleford, and now Claude can look forward to an easier retirement.

Mules & media – socks, jocks & twenty bucks June 2008

Clay recently entered a short film he made at film school in the small but highly regarded FILMFEST@FALLS. Shortlisted for this years event, Clay’s film “Rose”, will be showcased alongside the newest talent in Australian cinema. Artistic Director, and founder of the Festival, Sally Hussey was excited by the quality of this year’s short film competition submissions: “We have fielded the strongest uptake of short films, with a fantastic cross-section of new cinematic artists.”

Lin and Clay, Backup Plans etc. June 2008

We have enjoyed enormously the passing string of young travellers who have come to stay and work with us here at Bogong Horseback Adventures. People with a passion for travel, for horses and experiencing a part of Australia beyond the cities and the backpacker party trail.
Along the way our lives have been enriched by the passing parade of young people from all over the world. We have had some awesome “big” familiy meals with a united nations of food creations and faces.
Having spent much of the past few years travelling themselves, Lin and Clay Baird have decided to take on a more active role in the future of Bogong Horseback Adventures. Look out for new riding and learning experiences, new food experiences and some building projects over the next year or so.
Lin is currently in Belize, Central America, and after spending the next three months with the mule trains at Rock Creek Pack Station in the Californian Sierra Nevadas, he will be home in September. He will be rolling up his sleeves and getting new projects on the go.
Clay is home this winter, managing the shorter rides and winter tasks with horses and on the farm. Read all about his endeavours in the next story.

New Program for 2008-2009 June 2008

We are enthused about introducing our exciting program for next season, November 2008 through to April 2009. We have made quite a few changes this year, mostly in response to prompting from our customers.
We are re-introducing our famous Seven day ride in February 2009, a great opportunity to enjoy the best of the Bogongs, both Mount Fainter and Mount Bogong in the one trip. Of course we are still offering the choice of a five-day Mount Bogong packhorse adventure and our three, four and five day Mount Fainter packhorse adventures.
In association with master horseman Wayne Banney, we have expanded the Natural Horsemanship ride/clinic program to three rides, one starting in early December. These popular clinics combine our renowned packhorse tours with an opportunity to improve riding and horsemanship skills in a working environment. Although we have a fantastic team of horses, bred and trained here at Tawonga, you can bring your own horse along.
New for this coming season we have introduced two fun and informative clinics designed for young travellers and Aussies- our five-day Australian Horsemanship and bush skills course. Designed for backpackers, especially those with some horse experience in their home country, who are keen to learn the Australian way of riding and using horses especially in a bush setting. Participants will learn all about safe riding, handling and management of horse stock, preparing for overnight and longer camping trips with horses, planning for and using packhorses, the horse camp, cooking with fire, basic hoof care, saddle repairs and maintenance and a swag of other skills and hints. The program is based at the homestead yards with three days out in the bush. What a great way to start your Australian adventure and set yourself up for work and travel all over the Australian horse world.
Inevitably the economic realities of the modern world have forced us to a review of our prices. The increases come into effect from July 1st 2008, so if you can commit with a booking and deposit for a ride over the 2008-2009 season, by June 30th 2008, we will honour our current pricing.